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Rich Dubroff

Orioles option Valaika to alternate site; Expected to activate Stewart

The Orioles have optioned infielder Pat Valaika to the alternate site at Bowie. Valaika has played in four games and is hitting 1-for-9 (.111).

No corresponding move was announced, but the club is expected to activate outfielder DJ Stewart for Saturday’s game against the Red Sox.

Valaika, who played in 52 games last season, hitting .277 with 8 home runs and 16 RBIs, has started one game at first and one at second base this season.

Stewart has been on the 10-day injured list because a strained left hamstring. He hasn’t played since March 5th when he injured the hamstring in a Grapefruit League game in Dunedin, Florida.

The Orioles put outfielder Austin Hayes on the 10-day injured list this week after he strained his right hamstring in last Sunday’s win over the Red Sox.

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  1. Ekim

    April 9, 2021 at 4:09 pm

    Take nothing from nothing leaves… nothing… just saying…

  2. 33d St

    April 9, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Well at least we’re going to replace him with a versatile guy like DJ Stewart.

    • Bhoffman1

      April 9, 2021 at 4:29 pm

      Anyone but Stevie

    • BrooksPJs

      April 9, 2021 at 8:46 pm

      Love to see Stewart playing infield in his versatility…

  3. Judi35

    April 9, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    why not Uranus. he seems to strike out often. at leastValaliaka could play outfield

    • Shamus

      April 9, 2021 at 5:56 pm

      Uranus??? Why not Neptune or Saturn. Sorry I couldn’t help it.

    • Bhoffman1

      April 9, 2021 at 5:59 pm

      Uranus is from Mexican league Elias afraid of retribution from the cartel . Sorry I couldn’t help

    • CalsPals

      April 9, 2021 at 7:01 pm

      I would guess Boog would have an out of this world comment for this spellcheck nightmare…go O’s…

    • Jacob Marley

      April 10, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      Probably because Urias can play short and Valaika cannot. The Orioles have several players who can the OF, albeit poorly.

    • CalsPals

      April 10, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      Valaika played over 20 games at SS just last yr for the O’s…go O’s…

  4. Orioles20

    April 9, 2021 at 6:08 pm

    Send the most versatile player on the team down. That makes sense. Why keep Stewart he has shown anything? Send fry down or dfa Leblanc and why keep five outfielders with McKenna?

    • Bhoffman1

      April 9, 2021 at 7:08 pm

      Exactly, he plays the infield and outfield and can hit instead they keep Urias. Can someone explain this move please

    • 33d St

      April 9, 2021 at 7:23 pm

      Yeah coming off the DL can’t you do a minor league rehab without triggering an option Year? I guess that’s assuming the “Bowie complex” qualifies as a minor league rehab locale?

    • Rich Dubroff

      April 9, 2021 at 7:41 pm

      33rd, normally you have 20 days, 30 days for a pitcher, on a rehab assignment without triggering an option. No
      games until May 4, so no need for an official rehab.


      April 10, 2021 at 8:15 am

      Why keep Elias’ mancrush Rio Ruiz? Elias gets a better third baseman so he moves his boy to 2nd base ???

  5. Birdman

    April 9, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Saw that the O’s have fired their PA announcer, Ryan Wagner. According to one report, the firing is related to his twitter comments. Just took a quick look at his twitter page, and didn’t see anything that seemed particularly controversial. Unless there are some twitter posts that Wagner deleted, not sure what this about. Rich, or anyone, have any further info?

    • CalsPals

      April 9, 2021 at 7:11 pm

      Probably stuff he posted when he was in HS…go O’s…

    • Rich Dubroff

      April 9, 2021 at 7:42 pm

      Birdman, I looked at his comments yesterday and didn’t see anything out of the ordinary.

  6. Birdman

    April 9, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks, Rich. I agree. Unless he deleted something offensive, seems like there must be some other issue.

    • dlgruber1

      April 9, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      There can be only one answer, he said something, anything, that some nameless, faceless person took offense at. It’s the society we live in now.

    • willmiranda

      April 10, 2021 at 10:01 am

      How about the other issue being money? Let’s see if the replacement comes cheaper. Or maybe the replacement will be for diversity’s sake. Or both. It’s always the little people who take the hits for the big people’s grand schemes.

  7. dlgruber1

    April 9, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    Has either Elias or Hyde said anything about how Hays is doing? I know he’s on 10 day IL but that means nothing. Also, if they think Stewart will come in and be an upgrade from Mountcastle defensively, well, I’m sure I’m not the only one that remembers him almost getting a concussion because of the pop fly he took off his head in 2019. To this day I can still see Richie Martin doing his best not to laugh at him after that play.

  8. BrooksPJs

    April 9, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Hey what happened here? Who called off The Lord of the Flies treatment towards Mountcastle? Severino and Mountcastle now…Orioles are 4-3, that projects to 92 wins, but we must denigrate our players here. Oy!

    • dlgruber1

      April 10, 2021 at 12:22 am

      As has been said ad nauseum here, 7 games, small sample size.

    • CalsPals

      April 10, 2021 at 9:06 am

      Have no problem with Mountcastle, severino a different story….go O’s…

    • Hallbe62

      April 10, 2021 at 7:56 pm

      Mounty plays a decent 1st Base and shows great potential at the plate. He’s a major leaguer for sure (at least in this organization currently). Just not an outfielder.

      To note his OF deficiencies isn’t picking on him needlessly. From my perspective it’s more an indictment on the Orioles leadership anyway. Hell bent on trying to turn an IFer into an OFer

  9. NormOs

    April 10, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Well, I guess I’ll jump in with my two cents worth since that is all it’s worth.. With a team full of minor league infielders, why would you get rid of, easily, the best hitter in the group? It looks like my fellow posters that intimated “Tanking” weren’t far off base.

  10. nightowl1224

    April 10, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    Just what we need – another guy who has no position. Why is this guy still on the roster?

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